Snack Review: Ketchup Flavored Potato Chips from Herr’s

Recently, France decided to ban ketchup from public schools.

As someone who routinely takes flack constructive criticism on this website for my enjoyment of ketchup, I was not only dismayed by such a pronouncement, but my heart instantly went out to the French kids. No, not because they’ll be denied the ability to slather their hamburgers and fries with an ketchup, but because they’ll likely never get to understand the amazing snackability of Herr’s Ketchup flavored potato chips.

I’ve said good things about Herr’s in the past, but all in all, I still prefer UTZ Kettle Chips to all others, and haven’t had a bag of “regular” Herr’s in a while. Truth be told, ‘regular’ chips have sort of fallen out of favor in the last few years, and with the company not playing up the whole “all natural” marketing slogan Lay’s has capitalized on, Herr’s chips have fallen off my snacking radar. But with the kinds of flavors and chip bag artwork you’d expect to find in a mid-atlantic gas station, Herr’s chips inevitably call the serial snacker back to his/her roots. So when I saw a bag of the Ketchup flavored chips on a recent trip back home, I couldn’t help but jump at the chance to see if a packaged snack could replicate the classic and unbeatable combination of fried potatoes and sweet and tangy tomato product.

If you’re a ketchup lover, these really are the perfect chips to snack on. For starters, they’re ruffled in texture, which allows the very liberally applied seasoning blend to adhere and stay on the chips. That seasoning has the unmistakable, classic, and trademarked Heinz ketchup taste in powder form. It’s sweet and salty tang mirror not just ketchup, but Heinz ketchup perfectly, sticking to your fingers in a messy, oily red hue that begs to be licked. I’ve always found Herr’s chips to be slightly more crunchy and oilier than most brands, and while the taste of the potato isn’t the star of the show here, they make an addictive and welcomed addition to a tailgate. Take my word for it, you don’t even need to be the kind of ketchup fiend who squirts Heinz on your Filet-o-Fish’s to appreciate the snackability of these chips. Just make sure you go with the 4 oz. bag instead of the 8 oz. bag if you’re one of those snackers out there with weak will power. Because you will be downing an entire bag in one sitting.

Pros: Lick-your-fingers Heinz ketchup and fried potato taste. None of this Hunts nonsense. Abundant seasoning. Ruffles and ridges. Salt doesn't overwhelm because of the sweetness and tang.

Cons: A little heavier than most chips. Messy as all get out. Can't replicate physical sensation of hot french fries with cool ketchup. A one-trick pony.

Price: 99 cents for an 8 oz. bag (clearance)

Overall GrubGrade: 8.00/10

More Info:
Nutrition Facts:
Herr's Ketchup flavored chips (1 oz.)
Calories: 150
Total Fat: 10 grams
Saturated Fat: 2.5 grams
Sodium: 13%
Total Carbs: 15 grams
Fiber: 1 gram
Sugars: 3 gram
Protein: 2 grams

24 comments on “Snack Review: Ketchup Flavored Potato Chips from Herr’s

  1. Manavee says:

    Throw in some tilapia into the bowl, and you got yourself a meal!

    • Manavee says:

      Heinz is definitely the way to go when it comes to commercial ketchups, but I have had some homemade ketchups at restaurants that also tasted quite good (and I have also had some that were pretty bad like in the article).

      Hunt’s is the worst. I hate it when a place uses Hunt’s. Way to sweet for my tastes.

    • Julien says:

      My grandma used to buy Hunts for us when we’d come by, and it taste it like slow and painful death. I’d rather gnaw on the plate itself. Heinz is where it is and always should be!

  2. SkippyMom says:

    Gross & pass. Sorry. And that is three votes from the Skippy household [where we revere potato chips].

    There is no reason for this. ick.

  3. Rusty Shackelford says:

    I despise ketchup and catsup. Sugared up tomato paste.

    • Conan says:

      You need some ketchup education. This is a good link to read on ketchup. Here is a quote on why ketchup is basically the best condiment out there.

      “What Heinz had done was come up with a condiment that pushed all five of these primal buttons. The taste of Heinz’s ketchup began at the tip of the tongue, where our receptors for sweet and salty first appear, moved along the sides, where sour notes seem the strongest, then hit the back of the tongue, for umami and bitter, in one long crescendo. How many things in the supermarket run the sensory spectrum like this?”

      So hate on it all you want, but it’s not just “sugared up tomato paste”.

    • Joe Cool says:

      That’s exactly what ketchup is, I don’t get your point.

      • Conan says:

        Right over your head, huh? Not surprised. Go take a nap on top of your doghouse, Joe.

        • The Dude says:

          Sorry Conan, my response was directed to Rusty Shackleford. I actually really enjoyed your link, nice to read something meaningful in these comments for once.

          • Conan says:

            Ok. Well then, thank you. I thought it was an interesting article explaining why it’s such a popular condiment.

  4. Conan says:

    Ketchup chips are one of the best. Lays and Old Dutch top the list. Dill pickle chips are awesome, too. Come to Canada for the best selection of chips. Sour Cream and Bacon. Mexican chili. Au Gratin(Cheddar). So many more…

  5. These are my favorite chips. Because Herr’s isn’t common in the South, I frequently bribe people making trips up North to bring me back some chips. I don’t even like potato chips normally, but these are the exception.

  6. Chris says:

    The Baby Back Ribs flavor is amazing. So is the Steak one.

  7. Lylat says:

    well i will make sure to give these a try!

  8. Chuck says:

    Or I could just continue putting ketchup on… everything…

  9. asdfjkl says:

    Ketchup/catsup/Heinz sucks

  10. Rodzilla says:

    Why couldn’t the French kids just try the potato chips outside of the school setting?

  11. Ed H says:

    Herrs makes a fine product, I will pass on this flavor but I have had other products they make and they are great.

  12. Raiders757 says:

    I’m not big on flavored chips, so this flavor of Herr’s just doesn’t appeal to me at all. Now Herr’s does have a new flavor that popped up at my local store, “Texas Pete Chips”. I couldn’t resist, and had to try them. The “Pete” chips are majorin’ in kickin’ ass for sure. My dog and I thrashed a bag together and barely came up for a breath of air. It’s rare when a flavored chip pulls me away from the good ol’ standard, but I’m hooked.

  13. jenne says:

    I’ve long been a fan of both Herr’s and Heinz… and I loved these chips! They actually taste like what they’re supposed to taste like…how often does that happen?

  14. ChrisLad says:

    Given how much I like ketchup on fries it makes sense these would be good.